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10 Rules for Reducing Stress

Women are typically more stressed out than men because they are expected to be both homemakers and professionals. This seems like an unfair demand, but it is a reality that must be dealt with. There are 10 basic rules to follow that can help a busy woman keep her stress levels down, while still managing her busy lifestyle.

Rule #1 Planning - Take 10 minutes each morning to plan out your day. You will be able to relax more knowing that you have time to do each task and you will not be late for appointments.

Rule #2 Take a moment - If you find yourself frustrated, irritated,or angry, take a deep breath and think of things that you are thankful for.  Talk yourself into being calm again. It will reflect in your work and in your health.

Rule #3 Ask for help - You would like to think that you are "superwoman", but you are only human. It is OK to ask for help when you need it. People are generally happy to help you.

Rule #4 Delegate - If you have a tendency to over fill your plate, you are a typical woman. That is why you need to get in the habit of giving others some of your responsibilities.  It's not a sign of weakness, it is a sign of a good leader.

Rule #5 Nap - While planning your day, schedule in a power nap or relaxation session.  You will be surprised what only 10 minutes of quiet time can do for you mentally and physically.

Rule #6 Exercise - Another task to plan in your day - but it is a very important one. Your serotonin levels will go up when you exercise and your stress levels will go down. You will feel better today and live longer in the long run.

Rule #7 Laugh - Watch funny videos, talk with a friend, ready a funny book, do whatever it takes to find your humor and laugh during your day.  It raises serotonin and helps reduce stress, much like exercise.

Rule #8 Get the monkey off your back - Clear your conscience if you are feeling bad about something.  Talk to a spouse, friend, clergy member, counselor, or whoever will listen and make you feel better.  Carrying that burden will only cause you health issues.

Rule # 9 Be good to yourself - Treat yourself to something you enjoy, like a movie or a massage.  Buy the organic food because it is the best choice for you. Do what is good for you because you are worth it.

Rule #10 Connect with people - Remember that we are all social beings and it is good for our mental health to connect with others.  Talk with a stranger, volunteer, or call a friend.

Following these simple rules will help you live a healthier, less stressful life. 

How Stress Affects Your Appearance

When we are stressed out, it means something is not balanced in our lives. 

When your life is not balanced, the symptoms will show up on your face whether you realize it or not. Your skin is a sensitive organ that reacts to the slightest imbalance in body hydration, lack of sleep, lack of exercise, and diet. Making small changes can have a huge impact on your appearance.

Hydrate your skin from the inside out. Drinking at least 8 cups of water will help you keep your body hydrated and your skin looking younger. It is easy to become dehydrated without realizing it. Environmental factors, hormone imbalance, and dietary habits can all contribute to the dehydration. Long-term dehydration can lead to more wrinkles and reduced skin elasticity. It will show up on your face first and the rest of your body eventually.

Get your beauty sleep! The lack of sleep can trigger hormone changes, inflammation and appetite changes, lowering your body's immune system function. If you try to combat the sleepiness with caffeine, you will only compound the way it will show up on your face. Lack of sleep can leave you with puffy eyes with dark circles.

Eat fresh and balanced. Your diet has a lot to do with the way you look. From giving your skin the vitamins it needs to replenish, to controlling your weight, diet has a lot to do with your appearance. Eat nuts and olive oils for a fresh look and reduced appearance of wrinkles.

Exercise as if your life depends on it. Not only for appearance, exercise is essential to good health. Your Lymphatic System works as a filter for the toxins in your body, but it was not made with a pump (like the circulatory system). Your movement is the pumping action your lymphatic system needs to keep those toxins moving outward, keeping you healthy on the inside. Without those toxins in your system, you will look healthier, too!